Photography by Leo Chan & Alicia Mara
Greetings from the other side of the world! Hopefully you’ve been following along all the traveling on Instagram @levitatestyle part of my #PlymouthExplorer world voyage. Our first stop of this amazing trip is the Madeira Island in Spain. It was nice sunny weather and we had a really fun-packed time exploring Funchal and Monte. Such a beautiful city inside and out!
- This city is well-known for its colorful scenery so I wanted to wear some brighter colors like a pair of white jeans and light blue shirt gingham shirt
- Layered up in a Todd Snyder baseball jacket for different temperatures going from seafront to up on the hills.
- Comfortable footwear like Clark’s Desert Boots for a day of walking and exploring.
Praca do Municipio – Funchal’s town hall in this stunning square surrounded by amazing black & white mosaic tiles.
Santa Maria Street – This street in the old town of Funchal features many different street arts on doors and walls throughout the block. Very fun to walk and check out the art for some artistic Instagram photos. We were wandering around the empty street in the morning and in just a few hours it was busy with all the cafes and restaurants opening up.
Cable Car – Hop on the scenic 10 minute cable car ride up from the seafront to Monte. Lovely panoramic views of the city full of orange tile houses!
Jardim Tropical Garden – Found paradise at the top of Monte! The garden is a must to visit when you are up in Monte. This massive garden features different sections that makes you feel like you are traveling around the world from the oriental garden to the lake.
Toboggan Ride – We were feeling extra adventurous and decided to take the fast way down on a toboggan ride. This was the old way of transportation for people to get to town. It was definitely an interesting experience trusting two men in rubber soles boots take us down the steep hill next to oncoming traffic! The ride felt like a real life roller coaster ride! You have the option to take a taxi or walk back down to the city.
Mercado dos Lavradores – A fascinating market in an open-roofed building with lots of fresh fruits, flowers, and more! Made a quick stop to see the locals do some shopping and picked up some homemade Madeiran desserts to try.